Justin Webb has life-saving procedure

Justin Webb Justin Webb: hopes to be back to the demands of Today soon

Justin Webb, who presents the Today programme, has undergone coronary angioplasty at King's College Hospital in London.

It's unclear if he was taken ill suddenly, but the 51-year-old presenter tweeted on Monday that the procedure, performed last week, turned out to be 'life-saving'.

In a short item in the Daily Telegraph, Webb said: 'I blame the stress of working for the BBC,' before adding: 'That's a joke, by the way.'

Last night he tweeted this message: 'Thanks to all at @KingsCollegeNHS for (lifesaving) angioplasty. Thinking of being better person in new life but wife says no obvious change.'

Coronary angioplasty is a technique that widens narrowed or obstructed arteries and is often performed to treat people with angina, which restricts the flow of blood to the heart.

It's also often used for emergency treatment when a patient has suffered a heart attack.

The procedure includes inserting a narrow, short wire-mesh tube, called a stent, into an artery to allow blood to flow more freely through it.

According to the NHS, a coronary angioplasty is one of the most common types of treatment for the heart. Over 61,000 procedures are performed in England each year, normally in people who are 65 years of age or older, as they are more likely to have angina.

The operation does not involve making major incisions in the body and is usually carried out safely in most people. Doctors refer to this as a minimally invasive form of treatment.

The BBC issued this statement: 'Justin had surgery last week. He is recovering well and we hope to see him back on the Today programme very soon.'

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